Sleek Geeks Science Competition

Check out the below announcement from http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/eureka/:

SHORT FILM COMPETITION – $11,000 TO BE WON!

The University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize will again be offered in 2013 to primary and high school students. The competition encourages students with a passion for science and for communicating ideas to tell a scientific story via a short video piece, cultivating the next generation of Dr Karls and Adam Spencers!
Recognised by teachers for its relevance to the primary and high school curriculum, the competition has become a staple activity in the classrooms of many schools across Australia. Every year the judges are overwhelmed by the creativity and quality of entries, and the Faculty of Science wishes to congratulate all students who participate in the competition.
The 2012 competition proved to be another huge success with over 200 video entries received from schools around the country. Every year the judges are overwhelmed by the creativity and quality of entries, and the Faculty of Science wishes to congratulate all students who participated in the competition. We look forward to another year of science videos!
ENTRIES OPEN: Friday 1 February 2013

ENTRIES CLOSE: Friday 26 April 2013
Primary school category: conditions of entry and online entry form

Secondary school category: conditions of entry and online entry form

What’s involved?

The idea is to communicate a scientific concept(s) in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge or, as the Sleek Geeks like to say, “learn without noticing”. All you need is a handycam – it’s about the content and creativity. For inspiration check out the top 2012 entries on the ABC Science website.
Entries are to take the form of a one to three minute video piece and a 50-word description of the video content. Entries may be produced by an individual student, or a group of up to six students. Read the Judges Hints and Tips on producing an award-winning short film!

Prize breakdown for the 2013 competition

High School Prize 1st – $4,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey’s Bookshop, Sydney 2nd – $2,000 3rd – $1,000
Primary School Prize 1st – $2,000 plus a $500 book voucher from Abbey’s Bookshop, Sydney Runner up – $1000
The prize is sponsored by the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, with additional support from Abbey’s Bookshop, Sydney and Microsoft.

Enquiries

For more information about the University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize, please email

eureka@austmus.gov.au

Send me an email (or comment below) if you’re interested in having a go and I’m happy to help you piece together your ideas and make it happen!

You can see the winning entries from previous years here: http://www.abc.net.au/science/sleekgeeks/eureka/2012/

‘What Matters’ Writing Competition

What actions do you think should be taken to build a better society? What would you change if you could? What do you want other people to care about?

What Matters? is a writing competition that gives Year 5 – 12 students in NSW and the ACT a chance to say what matters to them in society today. Write a 400-600 word opinion piece on what matters to you and why. Winners can earn up to $350 and an ipad.

Any students who are interested can see Miss Smith in the HSIE staffroom for an entry form.

You can also visit http://www.whitlam.org/the_program/what_matters_writing_competition/what_matters_2013 for more information.

Dorothy Mackellar Poetry Awards

Are you a student with a talent for poetry? Have you ever wanted to see your work published?

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is the oldest and largest poetry competition for students in Australia. In 2012 there were more than 10,000 entries and around 700 schools participated in the competition. Winners receive $500, a trophy and a prize pack. Poems on any subject are accepted.  If you would like to enter see Miss Smith in the HSIE staffroom for an entry form.

Visit http://www.dorothea.com.au/ for more information.

The Reading Olympics Begins!

If you are a student who enjoys reading and would like a bit of a challenge…
If you like English and find yourself wanting to be challenged and pushed more….
If you are competitive….

Then enter the Reading Olympics!
There are a number of events that you can participate in and complete at your own pace. Events range from reading a book of your choice to choosing an anthology of literature.

Booklets can be collected from the library or Miss Smith (located in the HSIE staff room). Participation in the Reading Olympics events will earn you house points and go towards winning the house trophy and BBQ lunch at the end of the year. You may casually participate in just a few events that look interesting, or they can push themselves to win bronze, silver or gold medallions for earning enough points for their house.